From the weird to the wonderous, and with a healthy dose of do-it-yourself, All Hallows’ Eve is basically West Philly’s signature celebration.
Cedar Park’s Halloween Porch of Doom is legendary. More than 1,000 kids (and adults) make the annual Oct. 31 visit to the twin rowhouses Knotsquat and Cindergarden on the 4800 block of Baltimore, and this year’s 20th anniversary theme did not disappoint.
Neighbors from all over the area helped construct the “Mars, Incorporated!” set-up, which took shots at the moguls promising to make space travel a reality.
“Billionaires are talking a lot about going to Mars lately, and they are trying to paint a picture of the utopia they will build there,” read the official event invitation. “But we know, a utopia for billionaires is us all working in their slave labor camps. [Come] visit this glorious future of ‘progress,’ as defined by Jeff Bezos, and Elon Musk. (Boo! Hiss!)”
As trick-or-treaters parted the bedsheet curtains and made the ascent to the “rocketship,” spiders dropped on their heads, ran a compressed air “delousing” station, operated a human compost-into-hamburger stand and turned the wheels on the the ‘Eat The Rich’ Billionaire Mulcher that spits out candy for the kids.
There was also a section displaying faux robots dubbed “fully automatic luxury space gay anarchist rebels,” because of course there was.
A bit earlier and a few blocks to the northeast, a more upbeat party was going down at the Spruce Hill Community Association’s 23rd annual Little Tot Halloween Parade and Party.
Replete with miniature costumes and larger musical instruments, the group wound its way from 45th and Larchwood to 42nd and Osage, where it culminated in a no-holds-barred block party.
The “Little Osage” neighbors didn’t skimp on decorations. Inflatable dragons breathed fire from second-story roofs. Cobwebs stuck to the trees and skeleton parts peeked from the earth while dinosaurs towered over the sidewalks.
With multiple neighborhood sponsors, including local vegan dessert spot Dottie’s Donuts alongside corporate counterpart Dunkin’, Lil’ Pop Shop, plus Weckerly’s Ice Cream, and four local pizza places, there was no shortage of treats.
Though this parade and party is technically for kids six and under, plenty of parents in full dress enjoyed the celebration. Even the neighborhood dogs showed up in full costume to take advantage of a good time.
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